There’s a lot to do when preparing to sell your home, and some improvements to make it easier to sell might be on the list. When you need to get your home looking its best but don’t have a lot of extra cash to spend on it, try a few of these simple tricks that will help sell your home faster without breaking the bank. Cleaner Is Better If you can’t afford to replace the carpets in your home to make it look better, consider vacuuming them instead. Carpets that have seen better days can look much better when they have been steam cleaned. May companies offer deals on carpet cleaning, or you can rent a machine and do it yourself. As a bonus, clean carpets make the home smell nicer as well. Cleaning the outside of the house really adds to curb appeal. Rent a pressure washer for the day and clean the driveway and outside walls. Patios and decks can benefit from pressure washing as well. It will leave concrete and wood looking like new and get rid of cobwebs and dust on the house. Change Small Details If you can’t afford to put in new cabinets, make […]
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Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy. With your doors open to a nearly constant stream of strangers through your home, you may worry that your personal information is at risk. Protecting your personal information is a top priority. Here are a few tips for protecting your privacy while your home is on the market. Ask Your REALTOR® To Accompany Potential Buyers And Other People Entering Your Home Some REALTORS® allow buyers to walk through the property on their own. If you are concerned with allowing strangers to tour your home unaccompanied, let your agent know ahead of time. Remove Your Mail And Financial Information Don’t leave mail sitting out. You don’t want your personal information made public, and you would be surprised what thieves can use to steal your identity. Also remove all checkbooks and banks statements and place them in a secure filing cabinet or lockbox. Remove Personal Effects From diplomas to wedding photos, don’t provide potential buyers with any personal information about yourself or your family. Depersonalizing is also an important part of successfully staging your home for sale, so removing these things will allow you to accomplish two things at once. Don’t […]
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In addition to location and condition, the asking price of a home is at the top of the list of important considerations. When a potential buyer is looking for a property, they want to get the best possible value for their dollar. This doesn’t mean that a home should be priced too low, but it does mean that knowing how to price your home is a must. Know The Value Regardless of whether you are in a buyer’s market or seller’s market, it’s important for every seller to know the actual value of their home with the help of an appraisal. With this information, you will be able to choose a listing price that does not exceed the home’s value. At the same time, you will know how to react to various offers that a potential buyer may make. If you can select a price that is affordable to a range of buyers, you may receive multiple offers thereby sparking a possible competition among the interested parties. Do Your Homework The asking price that you choose should not be based on an appraisal alone, but rather a combination of factors. One such factor is that of recent selling prices for […]
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Depending on the market in which you are selling, your position in the negotiations with a potential buyer can be either a very comfortable one or a difficult one. In a buyer’s market, you might not have much wiggle room in terms of price and contingencies. In a seller’s market, you might have a lot of room to negotiate. Either way, there are a few things you should know going in. How Low Will You Go? Before you even begin negotiations with a buyer, you need to have a bottom line; this is the lowest price that you will accept for your home. Your REALTOR® can help you to determine a realistic selling price for your home, but only you can decide what you are comfortable accepting. Be prepared to turn down offers that are below that amount, no matter how much you want to sell. Keep Your Cards Close Potential buyers don’t need to know that you have already bought your new home and badly need to sell this one. Keep that information to yourself and make sure your REALTOR® does, too. When a buyer senses that you are anxious to sell, you will quickly find that you have […]
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If you want potential home buyers to fall in love with your house, they first have to know it’s for sale. This is where a strong marketing plan comes into play, which not only publicizes your property but gives people a preview of your home before they get there. A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words Regardless of whether your home is to be featured online, in a REALTOR’S® publication or paid advertisement, quality photos are a must. You must capture your home’s best qualities in each image. Take a photo of the front and back of the home, along with interior photos of every room. Try various angles and lighting situations, which gives you the opportunity to choose the best shots. When photographing any part of your home, make sure that it’s spotless. Home buyers, especially those with children or pets, would love to see a yard. If your house has a lot of room to run, showcase it in photos. If you live in a condominium or townhouse, emphasize nearby activities that offer family fun. This may include a swimming pool, recreation center, tennis court, etc. When you present your photos to the REALTOR®, he/she will use them […]
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One of the biggest challenges of selling is keeping your home showing-ready, especially if you have children or pets. Keeping ahead of the cleaning game can ensure that you are not rushing to tidy up when you have a showing scheduled. Clear The Clutter The biggest barrier to keeping a clean house during the selling process is often the clutter. A home that is clean can still look messy if you have piles of unopened mail, children’s toys, and other items scattered around. The more clutter you can clear away regularly, the easier it will be when you have a showing. Be sure to sort and put away mail as soon as you bring it into the house. The same goes for any other stacks of paperwork or to-do items that tend to pile up. A daily run-through of your home to pick up things that haven’t yet been put away will save you time and make your house look cleaner. It’s also a good idea to get a few boxes and pack away items you don’t really need to have out; reduce the number of toys for your kids and put away things that don’t need to be out […]
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